The iPal Program
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING SEMESTER 2014
What is the purpose of the iPal Program?
The iPal matching program has been designed to partner international and domestic students studying at MSU for the purpose of a cultural exchange and building friendships. The iPal program will enhance and encourage student engagement outside of the classroom.
Why should I participate in the iPal Matching Program?
One of the most meaningful experiences you can have during your college experience is to interact with individuals from different cultures. Being an iPal will allow you to learn about different cultures, develop cross cultural communication skills, and friendship.
What do iPals do?
Participants need to be committed to making contact with their buddy at least once a week throughout the spring semester. Group activities will be planned for participants throughout the semester. Participants in the iPal Program can:
- Share cultural experiences and activities with their buddy
- Focus on furthering their language skills in English and the native language of the international student
- Connect to student life outside of the classroom
- Create cross cultural friendships
There is an optional academic component to this program, WLIS: 301 iPal Cultural Exchange
- iPal Cultural Exchange 301 pairs advanced Morgan State University undergraduates with international undergraduate students and with students enrolled in the English as a Second Language Program. MSU undergraduates facilitate the on-campus experience of our international students by assisting them with acclimation and assimilation into student life in Baltimore, in the region and in the United States. This course aims to build relationships between the Morgan cohort and our international learners. Participants will gain an international awareness by one-on-one interaction with someone from another country. This course fosters cultural diversity and acceptance at the departmental, college and university levels, as well as on interpersonal and intrapersonal levels.
How do I become an iPal?
- Complete the online application (available late June)
- Attend the kick-off during the Brazilian student orientation in July
How do I get matched?
The general guidelines for matching buddies are to find common interests between the buddies: Common interests include but are not limited to:
- Time of application (first come, first served). The deadline for priority matching is coming soon.
- Reason for participating in the program (cultural exposure and/or language exchange)
- Common interests
*Matching by preferred preference is not guaranteed
How will I meet my iPal?
Once you have been matched you will receive:
- A congratulations email which includes your buddy's name, email address and phone number
- Suggestions for creating a successful experience
- List of special activities for you and your Pal
- Access to a private group chat site
- Information for upcoming socials